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Headword: Μονῳδεῖν
Adler number: mu,1242
Translated headword: to sing a monody
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to lament; for in tragedy virtually all the odes [sc. sung] from a skene are laments.[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "then I nursed it up with monodies, mixing [in] Kiphesophon". This Kiphesophon was a slave working with him [sc. Euripides] particularly on his songs. He used to be a butt of comedy for being intimate with [Euripides'] wife. [2]
Greek Original:
Μονῳδεῖν: τὸ θρηνεῖν: ἐπιεικῶς γὰρ πᾶσαι αἱ ἀπὸ σκηνῆς ᾠδαὶ ἐν τῇ τραγῳδίᾳ θρῆνοί εἰσιν. Ἀριστοφάνης: εἶτ' ἀνέτρεφον μονῳδίαις Κιφησοφῶντα μιγνύς. οὗτος ὁ Κιφησοφῶν δοῦλος ἦν συμπονῶν αὐτῷ μάλιστα τὰ μέλη. ἐκωμῴδει συνεῖναι τῇ γυναικί.
See also mu 1243, mu 1244.
[1] Same material in Photius (mu527 Theodoridis) and other lexica.
[2] Euripides in Aristophanes, Frogs 944 (web address 1), with scholion. Dover ad loc. is suitably sceptical about Kephisophon (sic: for the name-garbling see already under kappa 1691), whose "biography" is entirely generated from misunderstandings of this and other Aristophanic passages.
K.J. Dover (ed.), Aristophanes: Frogs (Oxford: OUP 1993)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; meter and music; stagecraft; tragedy; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 5 August 2009@07:31:56.
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Catharine Roth (tweak, status) on 5 August 2009@13:57:14.
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